Do you love talking to people about your passion for clean water and helping them find theirs? Is empowering local residents to make a difference your thing? Do you believe that change comes from collective action? If so, Potomac Conservancy is seeking an energetic and creative self-starter to join our mission for clean water.

Who we are: Founded in 1993, Potomac Conservancy believes the foundation of healthy, vibrant, and resilient communities starts with clean water. As the region’s leading clean water advocate, we shape the broader effort to ensure the Potomac River boasts clean drinking water, healthy lands, and connected communities. You will be joining a small but growing team who work every day to fight for clean water through building a local inclusive movement of impassioned river advocates.

Community Conservation Manager: The Community Conservation Manager is responsible for the creation and nourishment of community driven volunteer teams that leverage hands-on stewardship and outreach to inspire clean water action, which addresses root causes of pollution through civic engagement and advocacy. Working in the larger DC Metro area, our clean water advocacy efforts are informed by communities, our Policy team, and our Clean Potomac Plan. The Manager will interpret a broad strategic vision for community action in a local context, requiring the ability to listen to community needs and enact change.

Specific Duties

Community Engagement – Primarily through Peer to Peer engagement (50%)

  • Create and provide training and support for volunteer teams and partner organizations (e.g., develop curriculum, recruit speakers, prepare materials) in key geographies with the goal of bringing people power to our work.
  • Cultivate new and diverse voices for our local clean water movement, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations and historically excluded communities.
  • Develop volunteers to be fully and effectively engaged with Potomac Conservancy as organization spokespeople.
    • Recruit, train, and manage volunteers for speaking engagements.
    • Recruit volunteers to represent Potomac Conservancy at select community events including policy-related events.
    • Recruit, train, and manage volunteers to lead stewardship events in their communities.
  • Assist in setting programmatic strategy based on interactions with communities.
  • Identify new areas and opportunities for action.
  • Lead summer recreation events
  • Lead private cleanup events (10 a year maximum)

BIPOC Program Partnerships (20%)

  • Develop close programmatic relationships with BIPOC led organizations in our region that engage audiences in outdoors experiences and use our platform to elevate the voice of partner organizations.

Program Administration (30%)

  • Serve on one of Potomac Conservancy’s three Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice working groups
  • Track volunteer activities and advocacy engagement in our CRM system, EveryAction.
  • Maintain and improve data about programs and constituents to aid in data-driven decision making.
  • Maintain active public event calendar promoting events.
  • In coordination with Communication’s team, draft and schedule monthly targeted emails and some virtual events directed to our volunteer and recreation audiences.
  • Assist in drafting fundraising pitches for individual, corporate, government, and foundation funders.
  • Draft grant and progress reports.
  • Assist department leads in setting strategic direction for volunteer teams.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Strong belief in the power of collection action and collective liberation to effect change.
  • Proven track record of volunteer management or grassroots organizing, either professionally or on a volunteer basis.
  • Proven track record of building trust with people from varying backgrounds and beliefs.
  • Interest in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice a must; experience is preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines and requests simultaneously; strong project management skills required.
  • Ability to make independent decisions when necessary.
  • Experience making data-driven decisions and understanding the importance of data management to achieve campaign success.
  • Experience with communities in the Potomac Watershed preferred but not required.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends and travel across the watershed as needed.
  • Access to a valid driver’s license and either access to reliable transportation or ability to rent a car required.

Location, Schedule, and Travel: Our team is currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is creating our guidelines about hybrid remote and office work moving forward. This position will work with communities in the outdoors right away. Reports to the Vice President of Programs and Operations. This position will require significant evening and weekend work but will offer flexibility to maintain a healthy work life balance. Significant travel around the Potomac watershed is required.


Target Start Date: October 1, 2021


Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position (40 hours per week, inclusive of travel time) with an annual compensation range of $45,000 to $50,000 per year. There is also a planned ladder for professional growth in the first year for the right candidate. Benefits include medical and dental coverage; 18 days paid time off and 10 holidays per year; flexible work schedule; 401b matching and flex spending accounts; travel reimbursement; working with bright, fun coworkers; and interacting with a supportive board of directors.


How to Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Katie Blackman at with Community Conservation Manager in the subject line. We are looking to hire the best fit for this position as soon as possible.  Interviews and hiring will be conducted on a rolling basis. Any follow-up on your application may be conducted via email. No phone calls please.


Potomac Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will consider applicants for this position without regard to any category protected by applicable federal, state or local law, including but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status or uniformed service member status. 

We know the environmental movement has not been an inclusive one and has excluded the most marginalized people in society — including BIPOC folks, people from working class backgrounds, women, and LGBTQ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Because of this, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.